Gone Fishing!

Originally published 3/29/14

Vienna Family Fishing Rodeo, a new community event, kicked off March 29, at the newly restored Wolftrap Creek in Wildwood Park, 700 block of Follin Lane SE.

The steady light rain did not discourage any of the approximately 80 participants on the last Saturday in March. As a matter of fact, as any real fisherman will tell you, they bite better in the rain.

Wolftrap Creek was stocked the day before with hundreds of trout just for the occasion! Cathy Salgado and her staff from Vienna’s Department of Parks and Recreation organized the event, and worked with the Fairfax County Storm Water Division, Fairfax County Public Works and Environmental Services, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Navy Federal Credit Union to make it all happen.

The woods was filled with colorful rain gear, and lots of excited giggling as parents passed their woodland skills to their children. Volunteers were on hand to provide stream and watershed education, and to teach participants how to catch and clean fish.

The Fishing Rodeo was free and open to Town residents only. Participants brought fishing rods, buckets, plastic bags and ice. Bait was supplied.